I think I really started trying a wheat free diet in February, so I use that time frame as my beginning weight. Since then I have lost 41 pounds, but more importantly, I have been able to walk up and down stairs without taking one at a time AND I can walk through a store without leaning on a basket. Now I try not to even get one unless for groceries! I'm not saying my knees and back don't hurt sometimes (arthritis is still there) but my life has improved by leaps and bounds. You have no idea how much I love, love, love, (did I mention love) chocolate, bread, cake, pasta, and just rich desserts in general. But, to know that giving those things up so I can feel better is totally worth it. I still eat chocolate but the cacao content is never less than 86%. I love coconut and find ways to incorporate it as much as possible. I am more aware of what I eat now because I actually care what I eat. While weight loss wasn't the goal, I must say it is a welcome bonus. I hope I will continue lose and firm up a bit once I get my shoes and start walking! Confession here: I did "turn back", and my knees put a stop to that little experiment immediately. I am so grateful to you for telling me about going wheat free. It has truly changed my life! Look out world! A cartwheel may be in my future!